If you’re the owner of a Toyota Camry who intends to keep it for 100,000 miles or beyond, you surely know that shouldn’t be a problem: Toyota routinely makes the lists of the most reliable car brands.
Even for owners of all other car brands, it isn’t unusual today for a vehicle to stay on the road through 100,000 miles. Modern automobiles, in general, are lasting longer than their previous generations, and owners are hanging onto them longer.
But no car is maintenance free, not even the acclaimed Japanese brand. Here’s everything you need to know about the Toyota Camry service performed when your vehicle reaches the 100,000 miles mark.
Toyota Camry Service According to Your Manual
Exactly what factory scheduled maintenance your Toyota will require at 100,000 miles depends upon your model, year, and how good you were at bringing it to the dealer for previous maintenance. You should consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out exactly what needs to be checked at the 100,000-mile service.
As an example, here’s what the 2018 Toyota Camry maintenance log specifies for the 100,000 mile/120 month service interval:
- Check installation of driver’s floor mat
- Inspect and adjust all fluid levels
- Inspect wiper blades
- Replace cabin air filter
- Replace engine coolant
- Replace engine oil and oil filter
- Rotate tires
- Inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs
Keep in mind that this checklist is assuming you’ve been bringing your Toyota Camry in for regular service all along. That’s why it doesn’t include, for example, checking the automatic transmission (if your vehicle has it) for signs of leakage. That particular part would have been inspected during the 90,000 miles/108 month service.
However, any vehicle that reaches 100,000 miles needs the same type of general service maintenance, regardless of brand. Here’s a closer look at the most common services performed at the 100,000-mile maintenance appointment, and why they’re so important.
Think of fluids as the lubricant for your Toyota’s parts; they keep certain mechanisms running smoothly. Dirt and other contaminants can get into these fluids which then affects how certain parts of your car operate.
Engine oil, in particular, can attract metal and carbon. If it is not replaced, dirty oil can cause an engine to work harder and become damaged. Not receiving regular oil changes when recommended can even void your car’s warranty.
In general, any car reaching 100,000 miles needs an oil and oil filter change and completely new brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid.
If water enters brake fluid it actually creates a gas which then gives older brakes that trademark “squishy” feel. Your dealer or service technician will bleed the brakes in this case and replace the fluid with a fresh supply.
Automatic transmission fluid can last from 30,000 to 100,000 miles. With such a large range, it’s important to consult a repair shop like Toy Car Care for advice on Toyota Camry service required. A low level of transmission fluid can burn up the component.
Timing Belt Inspection
The timing belt or chain is one of a car’s most important parts. It’s a reinforced rubber belt that keeps your engine’s cam and crankshaft rotating so the cylinders and pistons run smoothly and in sync; hence, its name.
This is one part that you don’t want to forget about until it inevitably breaks down (as all timing belts eventually do) because it can cost you a small fortune to fix the resulting damage.
Ideally, you should schedule your timing belt replacement way before your car reaches 100,000 miles. Here at Toy Car Care, we recommend having your timing belt inspected when your car is five years old or reaches 60,000 miles; whichever comes first.
Drive Belt Inspection
The drive belt is another car part that your vehicle cannot function without. Your car’s drive belt keeps the cooling fan, power steering pump, air injection pump, and air conditioning compressor running.
Like timing belts, drive belts are made of a special type of rubber made to withstand scorching temperatures. However, they can still develop wear and become cracked or brittle.
At Toy Car Care, we inspect the drive belt on all cars at 100,000, so it will be included in your Toyota Camry service when it hits this number.
Your car’s brakes, including the pads and linings, will be inspected at 100,000 miles.
A vehicle’s braking system only lasts so many years depending upon your daily commute and driving conditions. They get tested during your car’s annual inspection but should be checked as recommended by your owner’s manual or if you do a lot of driving in city conditions.
If you experience squeaking, your vehicle pulling to one side, an increased stopping distance, or any of these other braking red flags, you should contact us at Toy Car Care to have your brakes checked right away. Any of these could signal potential danger and you will need Toyota Camry service to be performed.
Tire Inspection and Rotation
Your tires will most likely be replaced at least a couple of times before your car hits 100,000 miles, but we always inspect them as part of our maintenance service. Your tires are literally the only part of your car that touches (and should touch) the road, so it’s imperative to check that they still have plenty of life left.
We’ll also rotate them so they’ll wear a lot more evenly, and readjust the pressure according to your vehicle’s model. Properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage as well as your vehicle’s acceleration, handling, and stopping.
Ideally, it’s a good idea to have all four tires replaced at the same time. If not, two new ones can usually help you get through additional miles. We can let you know when it’s time to have your tires replaced by coming in for Toyota Camry service.
Cabin Air Filter Replacement
Most vehicles manufactured after 2000 contain cabin air filters. Since drivers don’t see them, they’re generally taken for granted as they’re out of sight, out of mind. They can usually be found behind the glove compartment or dashboard in most modern vehicles.
Without them, your car cabin’s air quality and you would suffer. Air filters keep pollution such as fumes, pollen, dust, smog, and other contaminants from entering the cabin. If you’re prone to allergies, you definitely don’t want to delay having the cabin filter replaced at regular intervals.
Most auto manufacturers recommend replacing the cabin air filter every 15,000 to 25,000 miles. During your Toyota’s 100,000 mile service, we’ll definitely change it so you can enjoy clean air while driving.
Spark Plug Replacement
Another service performed at 100,000 miles is spark plug replacement. Spark plugs are one of the smallest components found in your Toyota vehicle, but they’re also one of the most powerful and play a big role in running your car.
The plug emits a spark of electricity that powers your ignition and allows you to start your car. While they can usually work for a long time before requiring replacement they don’t last forever, which is why they’ll most likely need to be replaced around the 100,000 miles mark.
Spark plugs can attract deposit build-up which can make it harder to start your car. A worn spark plug can also trigger the dreaded check engine light to come on. You car may have a difficult time starting or idling or may need to be filled up with fuel more often.
Check for Rust
At the 100,000 mile service, we’ll also check your Toyota vehicle for rust, which is common on the undercarriage area after so many years of driving. Rust can undermine your car’s appearance and cause damage to working parts. We can repair rusty areas on your Toyota or recommend a body shop that specializes in rust removal.
Additional Maintenance Needed for Certain Driving Conditions
If you regularly drive your vehicle over dusty or dirt roads, Toyota recommends the following additional areas should be inspected at 100,000 miles:
- Ball joints and dust covers
- Drive shaft boots
- Engine air filter
- Steering linkage and boots
- Nuts and bolts on the chassis and body (they may need to be tightened)
Do you use your vehicle regularly for towing, with a car-top carrier, or transporting heavy loads? Then the nuts and bolts on the chassis and body will need to be inspected and tightened if necessary.
All Toyota vehicles, regardless of how they are driven, will also have the wiper blades and all hoses located under the hood inspected for wear at the 100,000-mile interval. These engine hoses include the oil, coolant, and fuel lines and vacuum hoses.
Prevention is Key
Whether you have 10,000 or 100,000 miles on your Camry, bringing it in for regular scheduled maintenance according to your owner’s manual is the best way to keep it running in tiptop shape.
Don’t skip on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance, even if your car is running well. A repair shop or dealer can catch small problems before they turn into larger costly ones and can perform service to prevent them in the first place.
Schedule Your Toyota Camry Service With Us
At Toy Care Care we specialize in taking care of Toyotas and can help yours run smoothly as it approaches 100,000 miles and beyond.
Schedule an appointment with us today and let us take care of your Toyota Camry service no matter how many miles are on your vehicle.